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After recommendation from head coach Ravi Shastri, the BCCI committee formed to identify the support staff on Tuesday brought back Bharathi Arun as bowling coach for a two-year period until the 2019 World Cup.

It's been six weeks since the hunt for the coach began after the fall out between Kohli and Kumble that saw the latter withdrawing from the race, and every passing day has produced twists, turns, controversies, melodrama.

Speaking to media with Shastri at his side, Kohli spoke of the captain-coach relationship and the way ahead for the world number one Test side.

India-Sri Lanka series is about to begin on July 19th, so there's no way that Zaheer Khan and Dravid will join the team. Left to myself, I don't want to be involved in any of these issues, but if it lands in our lap what do we do?

India was trailing the Lankans after conceding the first Test but fought back bravely to win a historic series. India took 77 out of 80 wickets.

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Shastri also said that he was open to having his bete noire Sourav Ganguly as consultant in the team. I don't come with any baggage. I don't need to elaborate what he is good at and what his strengths are.

On July 1, Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, a post that was lying vacant since Anil Kumble's resignation following India's 180-run defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval on June 18. "I have matured since we last went to Sri Lanka". Speculation is not in my control. "I want the players to only think about their roles".

"There is a track record". They will start afresh in Sri Lanka, a place where Kohli led the India Test team for the first time in a full series in 2015 since his appointment as skipper in the middle of the Australia tour when MS Dhoni retired after the second Test. We showed more belief in our abilities and our mindset changed.

The appointments mean Shastri will work with the same set of coaches - including fielding coach R Sridhar - who assisted him in his earlier tenure as team director. Everyone has faced hard times. "I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be, and what you heard is my core team".

"On being asked about added pressure going into the series after all the drama that unfolded, Virat firmly replied that there is no extra pressure on him; I do not take any added pressure, as a player I only focus on the series I have to play".


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